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Şehrengiz, urban rituals and deviant Sufi mysticism in Ottoman Istanbul

Author: B Deniz Çalış-Kural
Publisher: Farnham, Surrey : Ashgate, [2014] ©2014
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"Şehrengiz is an Ottoman genre of poetry written in honor of various cities and provincial towns of the Ottoman Empire from the early sixteenth century to the early eighteenth century. This book examines urban culture of Ottoman Istanbul through Şehrengiz, as the Ottoman space culture and traditions have been shaped by a constant struggle between conflicting groups practicing political and religious attitudes at  Read more...
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Çalış-Kural, B. Deniz.
Şehrengiz, urban rituals and deviant Sufi mysticism in Ottoman Istanbul.
Farnham, Surrey : Ashgate Publishing Limited, [2014]
(DLC) 2013042222
(OCoLC)862222222
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: B Deniz Çalış-Kural
ISBN: 9781472432261 1472432266
OCLC Number: 880147639
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 276 pages)
Contents: 'Holy Paradise! Is it under or above the city of Istanbul?' --
Gardens, creative imagination and the theory of intermediary space (barzakh) : mapping the impact of Ibn al-ʻArabī's philosophy in the Ottoman world --
Gazel poetry and garden rituals (1450-1730) : ideal and real gardens of love --
Şehrengiz poetry and urban rituals (1512-1732) : ideal and real city spaces of love, reconciliation and liberation --
Nedim's poetry and new rituals of the Tulip Period (1718-1730) : construction of gardens at Kağıthane commons --
The 'storehouse' of Ottoman landscape tradition : gardens and city spaces as barzakh.
Responsibility: B. Deniz Çalış-Kural.

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Examining the urban culture and landscapes of Istanbul through ?ehrengiz, a genre of Ottoman poetry written in honor of various cities and provincial towns, this book questions the space culture of  Read more...

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